T O P L I N E - Surekha Kadapa-Bose ( Courtesy - BTW Magazine)
A mixed bag
They come in different sizes, shapes and style. Bag the right one to make the right style statement
You can bag the right style with the right bag. Bags can transform you into a fashion diva
or spell disaster for even your most expensive ensemble. In short, bags can make or mar your style.
“I truly believe that a handbag is the most important accessory as it can make or break an outfit. You could wear the simplest of clothes and yet look like a million bucks with
the right handbag,’’ comments Karishma Shahani of Princess K brand of handbags.
Dilip Kapur, president and creative director of Hidesign, agrees with Shahani. He says, “Over the past decade accessories have seen a great revival as wardrobe must haves.
Customers have realised that downsizing on clothes’ spending and upgrading on key
accessories like bags completes ones look. Investing in two to three good bags for the
season will easily take you from day to evening and formal to casual to dressy, while
complementing a range of clothes.’’
No wonder, bags have become the most sought after accessory by fashion conscious
women around the world. All the famous international designer houses like DKNY, Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Fendi, Dior, YSL, Dolce & Gabbana, Hidesign and several others exclusively make handcrafted premium leather bags for elite clients that are sported by the rich and famous around the world.
Cashing in on this trend are organisations like bagsutra.com, bag4aday.com and designerhandbaghire.com with expensive bags on hire for women who love to flaunt
designer bags but can’t afford to get a new one for every outing. Besides, every season
brings its own trend in accessories including bags and to opt for new bags every season
becomes cumbersome unless one is a Gauri Khan, Nita or Tina Ambani!
Delhi-based fashion designer Anajana Bhargav, who has started designing bags to suit her clothes line says, “Accessories are a way of stylising and adding value to ensemble. We have launched a line of contemporary bags. I loved designing the bags as much as I did the collection. I believe sporting the right bag can change the look and mood of the garment.’’
Besides high glam-quotient, the
plus point of designer bags is the use of superior material and its durability. So, if one invests in three or four good all-season bags, one can keep on reinventing them for many seasons unless one is a Page 3 regular.
“With markets showing greater confidence at present, the feeling is increasingly one of celebration and going out. Glamour, albeit restrained, is the key to the coming autumn winter season. Workbags remain large, but
softer and elegant, while small bags for women in beautiful matte metallic colours and studs will also be in vogue. Men will take it easy with briefcases in casual dressy mode,’’ states Kapur.
Shahani also feels that an oversized bag will be both stylish, yet practical. “It could be ideal for a day at work, as well for an evening out with friends,” she points out.
With international travel becoming more regular, trends have become universalised. This season, the tote bag gets a more structured shape. It reinvents itself from a slouchy day bag to one that is best suited to carrying
important business documents and laptop, along with vanity items.
As Kapur says, “With constant growth in the Asian markets, the Asian customer’s taste has a strong influence on our product range, but the story, the look and the brand values remain the same everywhere. What changes is the product mix and colour options available in different regions.’’
The colours that are more likely to be seen are metallic shades (silver, gunmetal, bronze, gold, and copper), monochromatic tones (black and white), jewel tones (emerald, ruby and amethyst) and pop colours (fuchsia, orange, canary yellow).
Material-wise, there is nothing tobeat handcrafted bags with the finest and purest Italian leather. Of course this would be very heavy on the purse. So a patented leather bag will also do.
For partygoers, Bhargav advises a “Swarovski-studded clutch bag”.
Shahani adds, “Sequins are in trend right now, be it a tote bag or an evening clutch. A sequined bag is generally the star of one’s outfit. So this season, fashionistas can add a dose of drama to their style with sequins.’’
What are you waiting for? Go bag
the right bag for the right reason!